Mike Gravel's file:

Libertarian from Alaska

Mike Gravel was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, having served previously as a U.S. senator from Alaska for two terms. He graduated from Columbia University. He was born in Springfield, Mass. in 1930. He and his wife Whitney have two children.

Recent statements involving Mike Gravel

"I am a candidate. I have not withdrawn."

"If we manufactured 5-million of these 2.5-meg windmills across the country, we could electrify the entire nation — the entire nation."

"21-million Americans could have a four-year college scholarship for the money we've squandered in Iraq. 7.6-million teachers could have been hired last year if we weren't squandering this money."

"In 1972, we had a 179,000 human beings in jail in this country. Today, it's 2.3-million, and 70 percent of them are black, African-American."  

Recent stories featuring Mike Gravel

Gravel: I'm not dead yet: In an exclusive interview with PolitiFact, the former Alaska senator confirms his status in the presidential campaign.

FACT SHEET: Economic policy: We check out the latest on President Bush's economic stimulus package and where the candidates stand on economic issues.

FACT SHEET: Immigration: A breakdown of the immigration issue, including candidate-by-candidate positions.

FACT SHEET: Who was in military?: They want to be commander in chief, but most of the presidential candidates have not served in the military. Our survey of their resumes finds that five of the 15 candidates have military experience.

FACT SHEET: Who has been to Iraq?: We surveyed the 16 candidates to find out which ones have visited Iraq since the start of the war in March 2003. As of December 2007, nine have. Here are our findings along with a brief synopsis of each candidate's position on the war, taken from their Web sites.

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